In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Trump denounced a report from the New York Times saying that Washington lawyer Emmet T. Flood, who represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment, visited the Oval Office to discuss the possibility of helping to deal with the Justice Department. Neither the White House nor Flood responded to requests for comment.
As recently as the summer, Mr. Flood, who now works at the law firm Williams & Connolly, turned down an opportunity to represent Mr. Trump.
Flood, a partner at Williams & Connolly, would not replace White House special counsel Ty Cobb, who joined the White House as special counsel in July.
Trump called Haberman - the newspaper's top White House correspondent and who has covered Trump since his time in NY - a "Hillary flunky, (who) knows nothing about me and is not given access".
The attack was prompted by a Saturday report in the Times which detailed that the president had sought the services of an impeachment attorney to assist him with his defense against special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
Last year, Flood turned down a post that ultimately went to Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer now assisting the president with the special counsel's probe, Reuters reported in July. Flood declined to comment.
NY lawyer Marc Kasowitz was leading Trump's legal team at the time, a role veteran Washington lawyer John Dowd took over last summer. "The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access".
Cobb is apparently nearing the end of fulfilling his main responsibilities - turning over documents and coordinating interviews between White House aides and prosecutors.
Haberman fired back minutes later in a series of tweets, noting that "several people close to Trump" confirmed Saturday's report. But Trump also appears eager to shake up his legal team, alternating between praising Cobb's cooperative strategy and agitating for a more confrontational approach.
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